President Trump issued an exclamation-mark packed statement Tuesday that defended Saudi Arabia, continued to question the CIA’s conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and effectively declared the issue closed.
“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” the statement read.
The statement came after Trump said he would be receiving a full report on the killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month, and after The Washington Post reported that the CIA had assessed with high confidence that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s death.
Is this lie being driven by Trump’s self-dealing, or his inherent love of authoritarian rulers? A lot from column A, even more from column B…
If I'm ever tortured, dismembered by a bone saw & dissolved in acid while trying to apply for a marriage license it's good to know the president will care enough to include lots of exclamation points in his official statement saying he plans to do nothing about it.
— Dana Stevens (@thehighsign) November 20, 2018